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KE*A*H** (Psalm 69)

Ministry

1992

KE*A*H** (Psalm 69)

Album Summary

ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ (commonly known as Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs or simply Psalm 69) is the fifth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on July 14, 1992, by Sire Records. It was produced by frontman Al Jourgensen and bassist Paul Barker, and was recorded from March 1991 to May 1992 in Chicago, Illinois and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The album's title, initially intended to be The Tapes of Wrath, ended up being derived from Aleister Crowley's The Book of Lies. Psalm 69 features elements of speed metal, rockabilly, and psychobilly, with lyrics exploring social, political, and religious topics. With much anticipation following the success of Ministry's previous album The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989), pressures on the band were said to be high, in addition to the growing substance abuse of several members and worsening relationships between them. It was also the first time Mike Scaccia had been significantly involved in a Ministry album, after appearing on tours in support of The Mind.... Preceded by lead single "Jesus Built My Hotrod", Psalm 69 was a critical and commercial success upon its release, peaking at number 27 on the US Billboard 200 and number 33 on the UK Albums Chart. It was supported by two more singles: "N.W.O." and "Just One Fix", with accompanying music videos directed by Peter Christopherson. Psalm 69 is considered to be Ministry's most successful album, having been certified gold in Canada and Australia, and platinum in the US. Following its release, Ministry joined the second annual Lollapalooza tour before commencing a tour through Europe and the US; "N.W.O.", "Just One Fix", and the title track have become permanent features of the band's live setlist. "N.W.O." was nominated for the Best Metal Performance at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards.

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Rating

2.63

Votes

3628

Genres

  • Metal
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5

An absolutely excellent foray into industrial metal, and the sheer ridiculousness of Jesus Built My Hot Rod easily puts this at a 5 (though a bit of nostalgia is clouding my judgement, if I’m honest)

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Oh my god how do I not know this album??? Fuck YEAH.

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Here’s what I know about Ministry: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park honed his vocal stylings as a teen by singing along to Ministry until he sounded like them. That piece of possible-knowledge is interesting, but nowhere near as interesting as listening to Ministry, whose don't give a fuck about nuthin attitude is a tonic in these polarising times. Hell yeah Jerry Lee Lewis was the devil, Jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet, and once you've discovered that and find yourself in love with the world, all you can do is ding-a-ding-dang your dang-a-long-ling-long. Agnostic in every sense: to religion, politics, genre. And unlike the other metallic sludge we've had so far, this bops like the billy-o, is genuinely funny, and isn't saturated with misogyny or dumb machismo.

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4

Brilliant speed and rhythms. A little more separation in the mix for lead guitars wouldn’t have harmed, but still a thrill a minute.

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Ministry’s best record. P69 is an industrial classic that should get more credit for inspiring (for better or worse) a ton of nu metal, too (Rammstein, Rob Zombie, AHC, etc.). I really love this album, it’s got an undeniable intensity and in-your-faceness that’s cheese-tinged in all the right ways – importantly, sans the whole goth element that seemed to seep in elsewhere in the scene at the time (not that I don’t love goth stuff, but this has a whole different flavor from say, Skinny Puppy or NIN). The production is great, super hard hitting drums, thrashy, crunchy guitars (why not lift some Slayer?), great samples, stellar variety in tempo and style, and sequencing that makes this nothing short of binge-able. It’s fuckin’ raw without short changing listeners on all the good stuff. 4.5/5

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To heavy for my tastes, but Jesus stole my hotrod is an absolute banger.

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A distinct departure from the artists that I've been served so far, Ministry is definitely more in my wheelhouse. The post-punk, industrial metal band is familiar to me though I do tend to associate them with the cybergoth, doomcookie, techno-twerking crowd. That said, I'm aware that they have a reputation for being hella smart and socially-concious so I listened to this album with the culural context of 1992 in mind. It didn't disapppoint. It's smart and contextual even if it is a bit on the obvious side as far as commentary goes. That said, the album only has a few tricks in its pocket and wears very thin by the end. It gets docked a point because I felt worn out and more than a little bored by the time I finished the last track.

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“ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ (Psalm 69)” by Ministry (1992) In case you’re tempted to think that this is Contemporary Christian thrash metal, think again. The title, “ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ” is a mildly humorous obscenity best left unexplained here, and the alternative title “(Psalm 69)” is no reference to the Bible, but rather to the sexually charged chapter 69 in a book by Aleister Crowley which will likewise remain unnamed. The subtitle is “The way to succeed and the way to suck eggs”. Use your imagination. No, don’t. This album title (along with title track) is one of the more egregious examples of theomockery which was all the rage in the early 1990s. Now don’t get me wrong, mockery has a long and honored pedigree in literary history. But when you take on the divine, and when you make a scatological assault on the foundations of Western civilization, you’re going up against a pretty distinguished group of opponents. This review will consider how well they do what they ought not do. How good is their naughtiness? (Reviewer pauses to listen, listen, listen, Hmnn, listen, okay . . .) Actually, it’s quite disappointing. If, like me, you’re mildly titillated by the opportunity to critique some really creative blasphemy, you’ll be sad to discover that only the title track falls squarely into that category. And it’s pretty ignorant. Two potent sacrilegious images and a cascade of uninformed impieties. Is this really the best you guys can do? You suck at evil. It’s as if the band got together in a focus group session to consider the question “How can we maximize inanity in marketing anti-Christian shock?” The results are impressive. Musically, this album provides a (very) few good thrash grooves, but it is unrelentingly repetitive. Vocals sound like Alvin and the Chipmunks doing impressions of Ozzy Osbourne. The ambience can be likened to spending 44 minutes watching a screaming clock. 1/5

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5

Another formative record from my teens, this is an album that has not been tarnished by time in my ears. Ministry is what I imagined all metal music sounded like to people who didn't listen to a lot of it; fast, cheesy, repetitive, and blasphemous. NWO, Just One Fix, and Hero are still monster tracks to me. Jesus Built My Hotrod is such a stupid, awesome song, and Gibby Haynes' gibberish vocals are always great. Wow; so in TV II, only now after 30 years have I realized Al is saying "connect the goddamn dots" and not "connect the goddamn darts"; lol, yeah, I dunno.

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There are times when I'm pretty sure that "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" is the greatest song of all time, those times are usually whenever I hear it.

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4

Not my everyday cup of tea but gotta respect the skill required to pull that off

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I don't much about industrial metal, other than this album and NIN were the ones to mainstream the genre, getting already popular metal bands like Anthrax and Megadeth to have their songs industrially remixed, and for industrial bands to rise over the next decade. And honestly I can see why. Before the 90s, industrial music seemed very niche, inaccessible to those not used to raw heavy sound that many consider to be monotonous or just too strange (I'm looking at you Lou Reed). But this combination of metal and industrial took the best of both worlds to create a product that was melodic yet hard, appealing to not only the youthful grunge generation, but also exposing older rock fans to yet another alternative to the samey hard rock and the dirty grunge that predominated rock radio. I really enjoy this album. I always found metal and industrial to both be hard genres for me to get into unless it was poppy like Metallica's black album. But this shift in the early 90s in the realm of metal found new ways to pull in people like me. I only need to hear this album once to appreciate the artistic techniques used in each track. The use of samples and diversity in tricks reminds me much of the genius behind early hip hop.

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10 years ago,I would have been all over this. Not that it's a bad album, its definitely a hard hitting industrial metal album and set a lot of groundwork but it doesnt make me want to move in the same way as before. Great production overall though,the machine drums and that grinding guitar tone is tight. Would I listen to this again? Maybe,at night,after a long day working,in a metal club, while drinking heavily. 3 stars but more like a 4/10 from me now.

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I like a fair bit of early industrial music, but don't know much industrial metal. I have listened to Lard and Revolting Cocks (which were affiliated projects), but never took the time to listen to Ministry. I've sat through this one twice, and I have to say I'm not a huge fan. I respect the fact that they are combining different sounds, but none of it sounds especially invigorating to me. The music and vocals become monotonous, while the spoken word samples are annoying. Checking out a sample of their earlier 1980s stuff, I suspect that might be better (to my ears at least). This 1990s album basically just feels like unexciting heavy metal with a slight industrial palette. 2.5

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Proper mosh pit music. Reminds me of being in Metros, Cardiff. It's not the sort of music I would choose to listen to at home, but played loud in a night club, it's intensity comes across. I hate this style of style of singing and I can't really understand what he is saying. I'm guessing the songs are not about nice things like visiting Grandma or eating ice cream! Production is good mind.

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Liked the drumming. The rest was too shouty and shite.

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5

omfg yes

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5

awesome

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5

Distorted, Exhausting, Powerful, Oppressive, Industrial.

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5

TOO YOUNG TO DIE

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5

These guys sound ahead of their time

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5

One of earliest industrial metal albums I've heared. Perfect!

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5

Another favorite of mine. Masterpiece of industrial metal.

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5

Para ser la primera vez que escucho a esta banda, estuvo piola 10/10

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5

Pretty damn good album. I remember when this was released - I bought the CD after seeing Al Jourgenson interviewed by Rikki Rachtman on MTV’s Headbangers Ball. You could tell Al thought Rikki was not as cool as he wanted him to be. Probably the best industrial metal album of all time. Love NWO and Just One Fix - that video featuring William S Burroughs is pretty cool too. The blind pigs at the “1001 albums” keyboard seem to have found an acorn!

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5

Awesome. Powerful metal

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4.5 Love this ablum - haven't listened to it in a long time

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4

So fucking good. SO good.

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4

I loved the instrumentation, especially the guitars. The songwriting was pretty good. Together they'd be good enough for 5 stars from me. Unfortunately, I really don't like the vocalist's voice though. The rest of the music is still excellent enough for 4 stars though. I do have to say the album seemed a bit long to me, even though it wasn't so long. Probably due to its high intensity.

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4

Hardcore album, loud fast drums and guitars. Angry music. I saw on the wiki it called Ministry an Industrial band but this definitely didn't seem Industrial as it was just a traditional guitar/bass/drums setup. More Metal I would say, but without the solos and just the hard/fast energy all the way through the songs. Seem to have some different influences. The opening to Hero sounded a lot like Megadeth Jesus Built my Hotrod had some Primus vibes Scarecrow sounds like a Rob Zombie tune Not for everyone but I liked it well enough.

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4

Man, this just gets my blood pumping. Good ol' thrash metal from the early '90s. If it's not your thing, I get it, but this is workout or writing music for sure.

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4

4 definitely. A pioneer of industrial and a great album. TV II is a bit grating but the rest is so good.

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4

I was not in the mood for industrial metal when this popped up on my list. However... this was really good.

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4

Heavy, industrial, catchy, fun. A surprisingly accessible album (up to the last few tracks), given the genre. BIG and EPIC. I liked it a lot. 4/5.

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4

I've always been aware of Ministry as they have often been cited as influences for bands I really like today- Volbeat being one. And you can hear the rockabilly thing that Volbeat have taken to the next level. Enjoyed it immensely

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4

So much nostalgia with this album. This was the album that opened up industrial metal to my listening. But, I never returned to it much. That's probably going to change now.

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4

This was pretty cool. Definitely not my kind of music but can't deny it was impressive.

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4

Wow, some angry shit

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4

Metal. I enjoyed the album.

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4

This records gets me really fired up. It gives me as much of an adrenaline thrill as it did when it first came out. I love the industrial repetitiveness, the crunchy guitars, metronomic beats, angry yelling, all undercut with sarcasm and humour (most notably on Jesus Built My Hotrod). It takes me back to the early 90s, when this was on constant rotation in my share house, and was a key inspiration for my own industrial band. I love this record. It's the best industrial metal album of all time (with the possible exception of the live Ministry album that came out around the same time). Does everyone need to hear and love this album? No, they don't. it doesn't contain much to say about the human condition (except for the thrilling power of anger). But I love it. It gets me fired up.

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4

F**k yeah! Jesus built my hot rod, ding a ling ling!

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4

I have nothing against Ministry, was just never my thing. The whole industrial gothy metal scene is all a bit much, innit? This album starts strong and stays there. Ministry is legendary at what they do for a reason. Glad I actually sat down and really listened to this one. Now I will know what all my edgy friends with dyed jet black hair are going on about just a little bit better, I suppose.

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4

Mechanical and dirty. Just One Fix is sick and pulls off having the same riff for 5 minutes by having loads of interesting effects all over the place. Jesus Built My Hotrod is one of the only Ministry songs I really knew beforehand but is such an off-the-wall banger. Scare Crow is a nice atmospheric change of pace. The sampling overall is fittingly dark. Some very strange production choices (not in a bad way). Highly enjoyable to me.

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4

never listened to this. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Highlights: Just One Fix Corrosion Scare Crow (I knew this one from Inter Arma cover) 4/5

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4

Man, it's been a long time since I've heard these guys. Damn they shred. Good shit.

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4

My favorite Ministry album, very solid with hits.

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Firstly, to explain the title: it stems from an Aleister Crowley poem about 69ing, and let's be honest, is of no great profundity. The band were often just dicking about, and with that stance of dicking about is how best to approach this album. Ministry are usually classed as industrial metal (leaning more towards metal), two terms which scare off plenty of the weaker-bowelled. That said, they also bore off plenty who find both industrial and metal infantile and predictable. As for me, this album represents one of the better combinations of both, where the industrial harshness actually boosts the fun of metal. Specifically, this album is at its best when it reminds one of Motörhead, when it embraces the hard, fast, rough, loose rock n roll Lemmy championed. Occasionally the album gets ponderous, when they forget they're meant to be fribbling about and instead try to play as if the indecipherable lyrics meant something. But none of those instances really taint the album, and the discerning listener should cheerily ignore those parts. It will not at all persuade anyone ill-disposed to metal, but that's no reason for anyone to get upset.

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Ding a ling dang my ding a long ling long. 4

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ding a ding dang my dang along ling long! Funny, what I considered grating noise and shouty with Mudhoney did not apply to this. Enjoyed this! It may have helped that I was driving at the time so it made the drive more fun.

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4

Idk, enjoy ministry more than I should probably. Guilty pleasure maybe.

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4

This is not my usual music, though a dear friend of mine believes 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' is the high watermark of western music. I liked it a lot more than I expected. The motorik rhythms coupled with nihilistic lyrics and crunching guitars works for me!

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4

this album is so heavy it hurts love ministry this is their best one

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4

Aggressive. Sounds like video game music. Very danceable grooves. Must have been a genre-defining album upon its release.

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4

Hard driving, dark and grimy. Really effective use of loops, static, noise. Did I mention this freaking rocks? Brilliant. Fave Songs: N.W.O., Jesus Built My Hotrod, Hero, Scarecrow, Just One Fix

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3

Good ole industrial metal. like rammstein but less german

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3

this was a fav when I was a kiddo....N.W.O. so appropriate for 2020

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3

Good intro to metal

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3

Very angry, but it was okay

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I played it while feeding my baby a bottle. Not a good choice. First track was awesome.

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3

not at all something i'd ever listen to on my own or probably again, but i can see why people would like this and i did somewhat enjoy it.

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3

not (much) repetitive, not unnecessarily long songs... this is some metal I can get behind

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3

Decent, never usually listen to metal music but this had a nice sound. 3***

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Kinda late but here goes. This is not up my alley at all so far. I feel like this is what right wing school shooters listen to before doing their thing. Especially that bush 1 “nwo” sample. Feels like what an asshole listens to. “Just one fix” reminds me of a Metallica song so far. Scratch that. Wiki says du hast. And yea that’s it. Sounds the same. “Hero” does sound thrashy so far. This is admittedly more thrashy than I thought. That’s probably a good thing even though it’s not my fav genre. It’s better than what I expected from “industrial metal”. The guitar tone is pretty vibey on “scare crow”. Listening in my iPad speakers right now but I can kinda feel the buzz from them. Pretty cool there. Not to sound like a grumpy old person but the last two tracks are almost pure noise. Not that that’s a bad thing necessarily but it feels very different from the rest. I had to take a pause before them to celebrate my moms bday and what I came back to sounded like a whole different album.

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Bepaalde nummers vond ik goed, andere vond ik totaal niet goed...

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This didn't date as well for me; it was nice to have it follow on from Metallica, which I thought still held up. This one gave me a more nostalgic vibe for a time when I was younger, more immature, and latched onto this kinds of simplistic angry teen songs. "Jesus built my hot rod" still stands out, though, as a weird and wild bit of sustained, intense nonsense.

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3

Not my bag, but surprisingly listenable.

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3

Definitely a left field bat. But overall I didn’t mind.

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3

Not really my taste. However, I found some tracks quite interesting. (5/10) Favorite Track: Jesus Built My Hotrod

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3

Not my style, but short enough to listen through. The song Scare Crow got elements of Prince and the Smiths. Interesting.

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3

Heavy heavy stuff. Obviously this ain’t my scene, but can definitely appreciate the artistry!

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3

intense!

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Dont normally listen to is metal, but I enjoyed a few of the songs from the album.

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3

Full of energy and competence

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3

Good quality industrial sounds. I never had this album in 92 but probably would have loved it. Sounds a bit dated now.

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3

Radical

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3

Not bad. Had some heavy moments that were interesting, but it also wasn't really keeping my attention in a lot of places.

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3

After nu, the metal subgenre I struggled to get into the most was industrial. I had a serious chip on my shoulder about synths in my heavy music for some reason, although I took to Type O right away and Neurosis eventually became one of my favorite bands. I never got the hype for Nine Inch Nails, and still don’t, while I only slightly understand Ministry a little better. I say that I liked Ministry better because I loved how batshit “Jesus Built My Hotrod” is, but most of their other stuff tends to rank as mid for me. And that’s still mostly true, but I have grown an appreciation for the singles. Otherwise, this all sounds pretty samey to me, and I don’t see myself coming back to it anytime soon. But points for being a relatively brisk 45 minutes. C-, could lose the minus depending on my mood

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lots of yelling, not a lot of singing

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Fun!

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Well was prepared tobjate this album, but I didn't. The shouting vocals are something I will never get used to but the musc; fast, full and dramatic made up for it. I did get a little bored at the last couple of songs so I would say best served in small doses. 3.5 🌟

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3

C'est pas pire. Il y a une certaine qualité musicale, mais les sauts constants de genre sont weird. Pas les compositions les plus impressionnantes non plus

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3

Unique blend of thrash metal and industrial music. I think anyone who liked NIN would love this album. I liked the heaviness a lot actually, but most the songs felt little bit too repetitive for me. An enjoyable listen, but I probably won't return; I've got plenty of heavy music that is a little more interesting to me. But the musical chops were there; the rhythm section is awesome. I thought the second half was better. I think my favorite song was Scarecrow, that song felt apocalyptic. Also Psalm 69 was worth remembering, those "Oh Fortuna" style vocals at the beginning with the metal guitar was fantastic; didn't like the sexual lyrics at all though, just the music. I can get behind devilish lyrics but I've never liked sexual lyrics. This song would horrify my parents.

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On est vraiment niché et dans la marge pour cet album, mais on a ici un des albums essentiel du genre metal industriel. Probablement l'album le plus influent et important du groupe. Cet album a sûrement joué souvent aux Foufs. Oui on est dans du métal, mais c'est intéressant aussi les couches sonores ajoutées à la musique, l'ajout de sampling de dialogues et les références musicales un peu partout. Dans Just One Fix, il y a un clin d'Oeil en background à Slayer avec le riff de South Of Heaven dans la dernière minute de la chanson. TV II dans son intro sonne un peu comme le début d'Iron Man (peut-être moins voulue celle-là). Sur la pièce Scare Crow, à 1:30 de la fin de la pièce, on retrouve un clin d'oeil au riff emblématique de la pièce How Soon Is Now? du groupe The Smiths. Il ne faut pas oublier aussi que c'est paru en 1992. La conception sonore et la manipulation et distorsion de sampling se faisait de façon très différente qu'aujourd'hui avec les ordinateurs. Jesus Built My Hotrod est probablement la pièce la plus connue et la plus importante du groupe. Ce n'est pas une écoute de tous les jours. C'est un album à connaître, mais pour mon appréciation, je préfère des artistes un peu moins intense comme Rob Zombie et plus recherchés comme Nine Inch Nails. Pièce préférée: Jesus Built My Hotrod

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want to give it a 4 because metal, but only a few songs are worth listening to.

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3

This isn't really my kind of thing, but it's alright so far, given that fact. It's really just the singing that I'm not super into. Like, the guitar is cool, especially on Just One Fix; and actually the singing on this one isn't as bad. But then, other songs are just kind of yelling over frantic guitar (looking at you, TV II). I feel a bit torn here; parts of this I do kind of like, and I feel like I want to like it, but somehow it doesn't quite do it? I dunno....

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3

I've been craving something heavy lately and this somewhat filled the void. Some good stuff in here, but also a lot of very short repeated loops and annoying background noises that distract from the goodness.

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3

I like a bunch of songs, mostly the first half of the album. It's like 3.5* to me.

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3

Industrial funcionou bem em um álbum completo.

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Best Song: Jesus Built My Hotrod. Now see, this is exactly the kind of silliness I appreciate in a metal album. Leaning fully into the "scatting" works well here at utilizing the metal vocals as an "instrument", but even still it gravitates a bit too close to Kid Rock's "bawitdaba" here. Worst Song: TV II. Everything here comes off very flat, and the repeated stopping and starting means the song never feels like it has room to take off. Overall: I like metal, but I've never heard this before. Very industrial. Feels like excellent music to work out with, preferably under a dilapidated bridge or in an actively working factory. Like a lot of this sub-genre though, it really just functions as this continuous, vaguely aggressive background music without ever stepping outside itself to provide you with anything that really grasps your attention.

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3

Heavy as hell, but with tunes and lyrics. Catchier than I expected, with no compromise on their aims.

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3

Great metal but not my genre

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Un essentiel à connaître du métal industriel.

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3

Not my favorite album or genre, but I appreciate it!

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This album is a 2/5 for me, but probably 5/5 for fans of industrial metal. It reminds of me of Beck's Mellow Gold, if Mellow Gold had a much denser arrangement and had more repetitive riffs. What does exist lyrically is thematically very consistent throughout the album and fits well with the musical themes/motifs, but I personally also found the lyrics slightly cringeworthy. I have similar feelings to Mellow Gold in that if I had grown up with this album, I might have more nostalgic feeling that would lead to a different rating. However, since I did not, I feel its only fair to grade this in line with my general tastes.

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I put this on while studying, so I wasn't paying full attention. It sounded chaotic AF.

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Been getting into heavier stuff recently, but this might be a little bit too metal for me.

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Wow. Full on industrial metal stuff - didn't listen to much.

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Started well, but crap at the end.

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Some alright stuff but the rockabilly is insufferable

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What to say? It's metal. Although I recognise the skill in it, I don't personally find it enjoyable to listen to.

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Just couldn't... JBMH is a good song though

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idk if i like this guess it helps with anger. 2 or 3?

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Tolerable? I liked the music on a couple of songs but a lot of times it was just too much - grating, distorted, screaming... I know that's what it is. Just not for me I guess. Certainly not "Scum" bad though. Hero was a pretty decent track.

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liked it more than I wanted too. pretty hard to listen too. words are prolly dumb but idk

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Industrial metal that's not quite my cup of tea. Just One Fix was good and the rest are meh. 5/10.

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typical trebly industrial of the 90s. just like KMFDM, except I can understand these lyrics a little better.

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It's bad! Or at least, I didn't really like it. I'm not a fan of metal by any stretch, so I'm probably not a good person to ask about this. There were a couple of spots where I could see the appeal, but there other times where I thought "Wow, this is garbage".

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Setting has a lot to do with the listening experience. 20-something me would have loved this at a thrash metal night club, but 40-something me, listening whilst doing the dishes, it's a bit much. Though I did give those dirty saucepans a bloody hard scrub! 🤘

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Metal is my second most hated genre after country, so went in with trepidation but determined to give it a try. First song hated and almost turned it off, but next few started to get into it a bit. Still got bored with samey tunes by the end. 2.4

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Kinda fucking weird, but I finished it. 2.5 cuz it had moments

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They were better as a synth pop band

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Instrumentals were pretty banging for the most part, like the ambience and samples but the vocals did not do it for me

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So-so

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A little loud and extreme for me.

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There are some genuinely interesting ideas and musical moments on here, they're just a bit washed out due to overlong arrangements. A bit of editing to cut the fat would've made this a 3-4 star album; as is, it's a bit of a slog to take in all at once.

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Some okay parts but most of the album was loud messy music that I didn’t get or like

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Definite change of pace! We don't get a lot of metal albums, and I'm not complaining since I generally don't love the genre, but it's a nice break. This one's got a vulgar energy to it, not necessary vulgar lyrics, but just feels nasty. Overall it fits outside of the kinds of metal I do like, maybe a little too heavy for me. But I liked a couple tracks, and I appreciate that this band has a sense of humor. "Jesus Built My Hotrod" is funny to read, and I love the pun in the subtitle of the album: the way to succeed and the way to suck eggs. But ultimately not one for me. Favorite tracks: Corrosion, NWO. Album art: Appropriately grimy and incomprehensible. A nude angel in the middle? Hard to see. I kind of like it though. 2/5

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NWO kicked absolute ass as an opening song but I found d myself skipping the entire rest of the album. I've never heard of this band and I know quite a few metal groups so I wonder if NWO was a one hit wonder or something. Much more mainstream than the rest of the album which felt more like something of a mishmash between Metallica, Slipknot, and Rob Zombie.

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A bit all over the shop, that type of metal/industrial that really does very little for me.

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Bit much for me overall but liked most of the guitar riffs

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nennis 😊

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Loud, messy, bad recording quality, hardly a song structure, an album to forget

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Ce n’est pas l’album que je croyais que ce serait. C’est plutôt hétérogène comme entité. Je m’attendais en fait à ce que tout ressemble à Psalm 69, qui me répugne au plus haut point. Finalement, on est épragné pour la majeure partie du reste. J’entend ici une influence pour Nine Inch Nail et Tool. Ça ne fait pas un grand album pour autant. Les pièces sont plutôt linéaire et un peu plates.

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Un peu intense pour faire la vaisselle... Pas un fan du genre. Je connaissais just one fix pcq le clip mettait en vedette William Burroughs et j'ai trippé pas mal sur son cas. Corrosion est intéressante, sinon je trouve ça pas mal redondant, les distos sont rasoir à souhait, ça manque de bass et les solos plus 80s à la slash m'énervent au plus haut point. J'aime bien quand le drum passe en mode rate dans le tapis type électro t-t-t-trrrrrrrrrr mais ça me fera pas écouter cet album plus souvent

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Industrial early 90s rock. There's artists in this category I love. I doubt this group will ever be one of them. They commit the worst offense possible for the genre - it's just boring.

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2.5

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Didnt dislike but not something i would probably put on to listen to

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Quite noisy. Early industrial.. my ears are bleeding after a while

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Nope.

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bullshits

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Monotonous, repetitive, dreary. Used to like old school heavy metal but this stuff leaves me cold. Scare Crow the only redeeming song, possibly because it has a slower tempo and is reminiscent of Black Sabbath

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metal muito distorcido

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Enjoyed the instrumentals for the most part but really disliked the vocals to a point where it puts me off wanting to re listen to any songs

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I don't know I guess this album was something different that shocked a lot of people back in 1992. They had some cool-sounding riffs, but they just kept playing them over and over and over and over and over. Eventually it started to bore me and I was hoping for something new with each song but it never really happened.

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Hard core. Interesting. I like it in general, but not really something I'd listen to often. 2.5

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3/10. Didn't really enjoy it much

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Repetition CAN be artistic. In this case, it's not. The only good thing about this album is that the Butthole Surfers guy showed up and sort of half rescued one of the songs. Best track: Jesus Built My Hotrod

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Don't like speed metal

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Metal

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i can bang things and make a lot of noise too, but i would never be so deluded as to call it music

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Was not a fan. I liked the guitar and the drums, but I could not get over the water vocal effect.

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A bit too preachy and felt like it was trying to play mind games with me and I hate that. Fuck off to this.

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nooooooooooooooooooooo

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I did not like anything about this

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Rubbish, didn't listen

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Rubbish

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Nee.

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Ugh noise

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Just no

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Here’s what I know about Ministry: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park honed his vocal stylings as a teen by singing along to Ministry until he sounded like them. And that piece of possible-knowledge is more interesting than actually listening to Ministry.

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Not for ne

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Simplemente no, de principio a fin

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Musica de loosers.

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Ugh!

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Boring af tbh. Important maybe, but wow boring

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was excited because i hadnt had a metal album yet, but this was rlly boring and the songs dragged on. couldnt finish it.

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Listen to the monologue at the beginning of "Jesus Built My Hotrod". They chose not to use a pop filter on the microphone when they recorded it. That had to be deliberate; nobody in the audio industry would make that mistake. That means that this album was intentionally created to be difficult to listen to. Good job guys, you pulled it off.

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nope

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I don't have the edgy dude-bro inside me necessary to enjoy this. Sounds hateful and not in an artistic enough way for me.

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Just not my thing. To me, it sounds loud for the sake of being loud. Just a cacophony of meaningless noise that is aggressively boring.

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Not for me, but I gave it a go.

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Come on. No. Very literally my dog started to bark *upstairs* when this started. I feel you, Sadie. This sounds like someone violently vomiting up steel-spiked cheerios in the midst of 100,000 Orcs on coffee destroying Fangorn forest while they're frantically building a freeway. I'm tired and this is awful and it's making me angry - first album out of ~200 that I couldn't even finish. 1/10 1 star.

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umm this was painful. the song names, the noises, the “singing”. all of it. it was horrifying.

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Reminds me of the heavy metal nights at Jilly's rockworld. Absolute shite. 1 - The worst kind of metal

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Grow up

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Oh, man, I'm tired and don't need someone shouting at me. Stop it. Even if what you are really singing is, "In my dang a ding a ding a ding dong A sticky sticky son of a gun Ding a danga danga dong dong ding dong Why why never know Why why wack a dong a dang ding dong Then you take it on the bill Ding dang dong don't dong Whoa! I want to love ya!" (Jesus built my hotrod) I think I'd prefer it in a Country and Western style, and I generally hate Country and Western

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Industrial metal. Not my cup of tea.

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Nope…..

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Never been a fan of Ministry… did not listen.. sorry

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You couldn't pay me to listen to this again.

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Metal made by an artificial intelligence for big nerds This album, while not being that great to begin with, seems to nosedive after Jesus Built My Hotrod. Scare Crow is tortuously plodding and repetitive. Whatever elements I enjoy about this album and band aren't really able to hold up the weaknesses the full product has. The production and guitar tones are good, but these songs rarely go anywhere. Some of the stronger songs are catchy and short enough to justify that they don't go anywhere, but man some of the longer songs needed some editing. For example, Psalm 69 (a fantastic title, although the titling is arguably the strongest trait of this album) starts very fucking slow and overdramatic as a way to build tension for when the song kicks in which actually fucking slaps, and then they give like a minute and a half of that and go back to the plodding overdramatic "Praise Jesus" bit, rinse repeat for a verse too long lol It's safe to say this isn't my cup of tea, and it's unfortunate in ways because I actually like industrial, or at least industrial-esque shit like Death Grips. This isn't really doing anything for me, and the entire time I was ready for it to be over with. Can't imagine poor Michael listening to this album, and putting on a brave face to get through it. Lmaao

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This highlight is the cover Cover art 5/5

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I can understand their inclusion on the list given their role in evolving industrial music. But this just does not sound good. It is not something I can enjoy, or frankly respect.

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oh my god i can't even listen to this i hate it so much

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Not the right vibes for my Sunday brunch. Even my skiddy metalhead husband didn’t want to listen to this one. Trusting his finely tuned metal ear, we turned it off before the bacon began to sizzle. Brunch was hot and fresh, this album was not.

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Just don't dig electronica of any genre

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This was bad. I did not enjoy any parts of it.

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I didn’t despise this like I have with other 1-star ratings, but two stars seems… generous. 1.5/5 with Jesus Built my Hotrod being one of the more entertaining song titles I’ve ever come across.

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To jeden z tych pickow ktory az skreca z cringu, bo jak inaczej reagowac na referencje do okultystycznych idolii popkultury i wyjcowate nawalanki po gitarkach, piaty studyjny krazek bandy ministry z hameryki o ktorej istnieniu slysze pierwszy raz i wolalbym nie uslyszec w cale, bo 44 minuty na 9 trakach odrzucaja nie tylko stylistycznie swym szatanskim waleniem po 69 kablach, ale rownie dobrze robi to muzycznie, chociaz ciezko cos takiego w ogole nazwac muzyka, wedlug wiki jest to gatunek industrial metal, czyli granie metalowe polaczone z elementami elektroniki, brzmi jak przepis na niezle rzyganko i wlasnie taka reakcje u siebie zaobserwowalem po wymeczeniu tego krazka

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Every track is mind numbingly boring. No-one needed to hear this before they died. There are easily 1001 other albums that should've taken its place.

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Impressive percussion, good when I need a break from Doom OST

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